The app overgrew on the promise of it’s Indian’ origin’, as noted in many of the reviews of the app. However, it was then discovered that the app was a rebranded version of another app made by a developer from Pakistan.
As per CNN-News18, the app’s source code was acquired by an IIT Roorkee student called Shivank Agarwal for $34 (~Rs.2,600). In other words,
Mitron is a clone of TicTic, which is a clone of TikTok.
Irfan Sheikh –the founder, and CEO of Qboxus doesn’t have a problem with the app getting fantastic attention due to the YouTube vs TikTok war going on in the country.
Still, he doesn’t like the fact that Mitron is being promoted as an Indian app since Agarwal has not done any significant changes in the app’s interface.
Now, Google Play store says goodbye to the Mitron app, and as per a report, Google removed it for violating its’ spam and minimum functionality’ policy.
Google’s policy states that copying content from other apps without making any original changes or adding value to it is a violation. “We don’t allow apps that merely provide the same experience as other apps already on Google Play. Apps should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services,” the policy reads. It also states that the app should provide a “basic degree of functionality and respectful user experience.”
The problem is with people suggesting to it as an Indian-made app, which is not valid, mainly because they have not made any changes”.
Google red-flagged the app and rejected it, saying that it violates Google’s ‘spam and minimum functionality’ policy, as per the statement.